The sun shone as a new lawn of astroturf was laid in the Coppergate Centre this morning, but will the fine weather last? That’s the question being asked as the shopping centre teams up with York Business Improvement District (BID) to host the second year of live Wimbledon screenings.
The event ran for the first time last year, when shoppers and sports fans alike took to the deckchairs on the lawn and picked up a coffee or ice-cream to watch live coverage of the matches on a large screen in St Mary’s Square, next to the JORVIK Viking Centre. Wimbledon in Coppergate is being repeated this year, running daily from 12 noon until 7pm in line with BBC coverage of the annual sporting event.
“We were delighted by the response to our Wimbledon screenings last year, with many people hanging around to watch the last serve of the day, and we were remarkably lucky with the long, hot summer enabling play down at the All England Tennis Club almost every day,” comments centre manager, Pippa Unwin. “The weather recently has been rather more unsettled, but we’re hopeful that there will be plenty to see, and we hear the ‘oos’ and ‘aahs’ as our visitors enjoy the thrill of each match.”
Indeed, the long term forecast for the tournament looks good, so hopefully spectators in York won’t be clamouring to get their hands on any of the 36 tennis ball-themed umbrellas which will be suspended down Coppergate Walk for the whole of July. The Brollywalk will be updated with its third collection of brollies this year, following a very successful run of the Rainbow Brollywalk, celebrating York Pride earlier in June.
“Supporting key, free events around the city centre is an important part of what York BID does, and we’re really pleased to have worked with the team here to bring Wimbledon back to Coppergate for another year,” comments Andrew Lowson, executive director of York BID. “With the addition of the brollies, and a new set of deck chairs for this year’s event, this is a wonderfully civilised way of spending a lunch hour – or even a lazy afternoon – in the heart of the city.”
The screen in Coppergate will show live matches as they air on BBC1 and BBC2 from 12 noon until around 7pm each day, including the Men’s Final on Saturday 13 July and the Women’s Final on Sunday 14 July.
For further information, please visit www.coppergateshoppingcentre.co.uk